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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | October 2021

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Eating with your eyes: fighting malnutrition

Eating with your eyes: fighting malnutrition

Pages: 26 - 27

F or those living with swallowing difficulties — otherwise known as dysphagia — it is not just the physical side-effects of the condition that can be debilitating. Eating homeblended texture-modified food that one is not accustomed to can, despite best efforts, often be unappealing and have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life.
Josephine Bailey has dysphagia as a result of oesophageal cancer and did not enjoy the experience of homeblending once discharged from hospital three years ago:

I’d lost a massive amount of weight and didn’t want to be tube fed anymore. Mealtimes were becoming really stressful. I didn’t know what to eat, I was pureeing everything with my hand-held blender, which wasn’t working very well, and everything resembled mush.

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